Have arrived. I mean, I arrived in the pre-Christmas period. It's always so easy with me. Once you've walked to the Christmas market, rattled off your favourite stands and shooed, you've got the anticipation. Thank fire tong punch and roasted almonds. I'm modest there.
The anticipation thing may now work differently for one or the other. One likes it big and crowded (yes, there should be!), the other prefers it small, contemplative and clear. Fortunately, the region around Frankfurt offers a lot of idyllic and atmospheric with half-timbered houses from the Middle Ages. And not only that: even late bloomers can relax!
Due to my personal regret, during the Frankfurter Markt, which always packs up a few days before Christmas Eve, we can *hüstel* once again rely on Offenbach. On the Stadthof and along Frankfurter Straße, the Christmas lights will be on until 30 December. Isn't that fabulous? Because a festive atmosphere cannot simply be turned on and off like thousands and thousands of lights. So if you are still in the mood for mulled wine and banter after the holidays, you can enjoy the twelve-metre-high pyramid in the neighbouring town.
Loyal readers of my blog here know about my weakness for the beautiful medieval town of Büdingen. If Christmas is the time of magic, then the towers, the castle and the festive glow of lights will surely make the hearts of many visitors beat faster until Sunday, December 4th. The region is not poor in castles and ruins: and so the Taunus also lures with a wonderful scenery for atmospheric moments at the Christmas Market. Kronberg, for example, celebrates on the third weekend of Advent in the inner and outer courtyards as well as in the old town. Or how about a visit to Hessen's highest market in Oberreifenberg? At the foot of the Großer Feldberg, on the third weekend of Advent, in the midst of rustic wooden huts, the scent of carnations, cinnamon and all sorts of things is also said to be seductive. Art lovers, on the other hand, should feel at home in Bad Nauheim. The Art Nouveau ambience of the historic Sprudelhof will form the backdrop for the Christmas market from 16 to 18 December.
That there really is something for (almost) every taste here in Frankfurt is also evident in the Palmengarten's offer. For those who have no desire at all for Tingel and Tanne escape into the winter forest without glitter, artificial snow and tinsel. But with lots of flowering mistletoes, white Christmas roses and fiery red poinsettias. For last-minute visitors, the guided tour on Saturday, 3 December at 3 p.m. is worthwhile during a literary Advent walk. On 11 December, the tour of the Tropicarium under the title “Plants of Christmas Bakery“ will entice you.
Christmas market B?dingen, since 30 November still to 04 December approximately around the market place and the Marienkirche.
Christmas market Kronberg, 3rd Advent weekend in the inner and outer courtyard of the castle as well as in the old town.
Christmas market Oberreifenberg, 3rd Advent weekend in the inner and outer courtyard of the castle. Advent weekend, at the foot of the Großen Feldberg.
Christmas market Bad Nauheim, 16-18 December, in the historic Sprudelhof
Christmas market Offenbach, until 30 December.
Palm garden, Advent walk on 3 December, 3 pm; “Christmas bakery“ Tour of the Tropicarium, 11 December